In Central Europe, ticks are the most important arthropods transmitting pathogenic microorganisms to humans and animals during feeding (Figure 1). Because of our long-standing experience in tick research we have a broad network in that area. The main focus of our current research is the development of more efficient methods for the prevention of tick bites.

Saugende Ixodes ricinus Zecke.
Fig. 1: Feeding Ixodes ricinus tick.

Vollgesaugtes, Eier legendes Weibchen von Ixodes ricinus
Fig. 2: Fully engorged egglaying female of Ixodes ricinus (Photograph: Urs Wyss).